We’ve destroyed crude oil delivery line in Delta, militants claim

MEMBERS of the emerging militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), on Tuesday, claimed they have “brought down” a major delivery line in Delta State.

The delivery line, according to the militants, is “AFIESERE-IWHRENENE major delivery line in Ughelli North, leading to the UPS/UQCC operated by Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)/SHORELINES.”

This is in spite of the ongoing military siege and operation in the Niger Delta region.

The militant group claimed it carried out the economic sabotage at the wee hours of Tuesday.

The group said the sabotage was in line with its threat and declaration of ‘Operation Crocodile Tears’ to counter the ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ version of the Nigerian troops in the state and other parts of the Niger Delta region.

“As a mark of our faith to totally grounding the Nigerian oil economy, the gallant “OPUDO” strike forces  brought down the AFIESERE-IWHRENENE major delivery line in Ughelli North, leading to the UPS/UQCC operated by NPDC/SHORELINES at about 1.00 a.m. today, 13th of September 2016,” the group claimed in a statement signed by its spokesperson, General Aldo Agbalaja.

Meanwhile, the group has handed down another warning to residents in major oil and gas area to evacuate and relocate to avoid a backlash of its heinous activities.

“Our patience is running out on our people living close to major oil and gas facilities in the upland areas of our region, the more critical assets of the oil sector are still alive because we are being careful not to hurt our people.

“For the last time, leave these areas if you live around them and if you love your lives,” the group warned.

It further warned the Federal Government to desist from deceptive tactics and master-servant pose, else ‘Operation Crocodile Tears’ would continue.

It will be recalled that the group had, on August 30, claimed responsibility of the destruction of a delivery line belonging to NPDC at Ogor-Oteri in Delta Central of the state.

No official confirmation could be got from either NPDC or security agents as of the time of filing this report.